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“Queen Rearing (with Grafting Demo)” by Aiden Wing

June 5 @ 7:00 pm 8:30 pm

Join us for an enlightening session on Queen Rearing with a focus on grafting techniques, presented by the experienced beekeeper Aiden Wing. This meeting will offer a practical demonstration of grafting methods, essential for successful queen bee cultivation, and provide attendees with actionable insights into advanced beekeeping practices. Enhance your apiary skills and network with fellow beekeeping professionals in this informative workshop dedicated to improving queen rearing success.

Parking Instructions

  • Parking inside El Rio Mobile Home Park is prohibited.
  • Use the Lenz Arts lot, but avoid the ivy wall/gate with “no parking” signs for after-hours staff access.
  • Metered street parking is available.

Santa Cruz Beekeepers Guild

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Free

El Rio Mobile Home Park

2120 N. Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz, California

May Madness: Beekeeping Seasonal Management for Peak Honey Production

May 1 @ 7:00 pm 8:30 pm

Free

In May, beekeepers focus on maximizing honey production as nectar flows peak in many regions. They monitor hive health closely, ensuring adequate space for the expanding colony and managing swarming behavior. Additionally, beekeepers may begin preparations for the summer dearth by providing supplementary feeding if necessary and maintaining vigilance against pests and diseases.

Parking Instructions

  • Parking inside El Rio Mobile Home Park is prohibited.
  • Use the Lenz Arts lot, but avoid the ivy wall/gate with “no parking” signs for after-hours staff access.
  • Metered street parking is available.

Santa Cruz Beekeepers Guild

View Organizer Website

El Rio Mobile Home Park

2120 N. Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz, California

SPLITS

April 3 @ 7:00 pm 8:30 pm

Splits in beekeeping refer to the intentional division of a single hive into multiple colonies, allowing beekeepers to expand their beekeeping operation or prevent swarming. This practice involves carefully separating bees, brood, and resources to create new, self-sustaining hives. In this introduction, we’ll explore the art and science of beekeeping splits, discussing when, why, and how beekeepers perform this crucial technique to maintain healthy bee populations.

Parking Instructions

  • Parking inside El Rio Mobile Home Park is prohibited.
  • Use Lenz Arts lot, but avoid ivy wall/gate with “no parking” signs for after-hours staff access.
  • Metered street parking available.
Free The event is free and open to the public.

El Rio Mobile Home Park

2120 N. Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz, California

Dr. Tom Seeley: How a honey bee swarm chooses it home.

March 6 @ 7:00 pm 8:30 pm

The bees in a swarm make their choice of their new dwelling place collectively and democratically. They stake their future on a process that includes collective fact-finding, vigorous debate, and consensus building. We will look at how these bees evaluate potential nest sites, advertise their discoveries to one another, engage in open deliberation, and choose their new home. Finally, we will review “The Five Habits of Highly Effective Groups” that are found in honey bee swarms and that can be adopted by human groups to achieve greater collective intelligence.

Parking Instructions

  • Parking inside El Rio Mobile Home Park is prohibited.
  • Use the Lenz Arts lot, but avoid the ivy wall/gate with “no parking” signs for after-hours staff access.
  • Metered street parking is available.
Free The event is free and open to the public.

El Rio Mobile Home Park

2120 N. Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz, California

Introduction to Beekeeping

February 7 @ 7:00 pm 8:30 pm

If you’ve ever been interested in beekeeping but didn’t know where to begin, this session is tailor-made for you. Our seasoned beekeeping expert will delve into crucial aspects, including beekeeping equipment, hive establishment, and sourcing bees for the upcoming Spring season. Don’t miss this opportunity to embark on your beekeeping adventure!

  • Parking inside El Rio Mobile Home Park is prohibited.
  • Use Lenz Arts lot, but avoid ivy wall/gate with “no parking” signs for after-hours staff access.
  • Metered street parking available.
Free The event is free and open to the public.

El Rio Mobile Home Park

2120 N. Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz, California

Gifts from the Hive

June 11, 2023 @ 11:00 am 1:00 pm

$30 Donation Per Person (All donated proceeds go to Common Roots Farm)

El Rio Mobile Home Park

2120 N. Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz, California

December 2023 Guild Meeting: Holiday Potluck

December 6, 2023 @ 5:30 pm 6:00 pm

Parking Instructions

  • Parking inside El Rio Mobile Home Park is prohibited.
  • Use Lenz Arts lot, but avoid ivy wall/gate with “no parking” signs for after-hours staff access.
  • Metered street parking available.
Free

November 2023 Guild Meeting: Making Mead and Gifts from the Hive

November 1, 2023 @ 7:00 pm 8:00 pm

Parking Instructions

  • Parking inside El Rio Mobile Home Park is prohibited.
  • Use Lenz Arts lot, but avoid ivy wall/gate with “no parking” signs for after-hours staff access.
  • Metered street parking available.
Free

October 2023 Guild Meeting: Michael Thiele over Zoom

October 4, 2023 @ 7:00 pm 9:00 pm

Parking Instructions

  • Parking inside El Rio Mobile Home Park is prohibited.
  • Use Lenz Arts lot, but avoid ivy wall/gate with “no parking” signs for after-hours staff access.
  • Metered street parking available.
Free

September 2023 Guild Meeting: Right Sizing for Winter

September 6, 2023 @ 7:00 pm 9:00 pm

Parking Instructions

  • Parking inside El Rio Mobile Home Park is prohibited.
  • Use Lenz Arts lot, but avoid ivy wall/gate with “no parking” signs for after-hours staff access.
  • Metered street parking available.
Free